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Join MAVA this November for a groundbreaking virtual conference addressing racial equity in the field of volunteer engagement.

"Redefining Volunteerism: Dismantling Inequities" will feature an equity-focused keynote each day, along with multiple breakout sessions addressing areas of racial equity, gender inclusivity, accessibility, veterans as volunteers, privilege and poverty, white supremacy culture, volunteers with mental illness, understanding oppression, embracing older volunteers, social justice, and more.

Join MAVA and volunteer engagement leaders from around the world to educate yourself, share your experience, and work together to dismantle inequities in volunteer engagement.

A Three-Day Virtual Conference
November 16-18, 2020
10:00 AM until 4:00 PM CST

* MAVA Professional Development Events can be counted for CVA Renewal and will be helpful for those obtaining their CVA.

Each day will feature an equity-focused keynote presentation and several deep dive workshops.
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Confirmed Workshops
Breaking the Cycle of White Supremacy Culture
Accessibility to Virtual Volunteering and Online Programs
Bridging the Gap of Understanding Between Poverty and Privilege
Working Toward Racial Equity in the Time of COVID
Understanding Oppression
Supporting Veteran Volunteers as they Serve the Community
Exploring Gender Inclusivity and Equity in Volunteerism
Embracing and Engaging Older Volunteers
No "One Right Way:" Creating New Systems of Volunteer Engagement
From Allyship to Leadership: Using Social Justice and Emotional Intelligence to Transform our Volunteer Experience
Rural Volunteerism in 2021
Supporting Volunteers with Mental Illness
Empowering Volunteers to Strengthen Community and Advance Health Equity through Storytelling

Donte Curtis
Jayne Cravens
Danielle Brady
Niila Hebert + Panel
Cardina Esparza
Brittany Biggers
Chuck Bernsohn
Expert Panel
Lisa Joyslin
Anne Phibbs

Cairn Reisch + Panel
Katie Mahoney
Beth Steinhorn + Panel

Workshop Descriptions
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2020 MAVA Conference November Sessions


Speaker Bios
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2020 MAVA Conference November Speakers

Keynote Sessions
Oops …. What Do I Do NOW? Fostering a Culture of Respect and Inclusion

Is “You have GOT to be kidding me!” one of the first thoughts that comes to mind when you hear inappropriate or offensive comments? Rude behaviors, derogatory language, and divisive unprofessionalism often leaves people feeling speechless, uncomfortable, and unsure of what to do next. Unaddressed and unresolved diversity-related issues and conflicts produce a stressful, unsafe, and unproductive work environment. This presentation will teach volunteer engagement leaders how to appropriately and competently address diversity-related issues in a professional and confident manner. When co-workers learn how to coexist respectfully and diplomatically with one another workplace morale and motivation increases exponentially.

Presenter: Jermaine Davis

What Microagressions and Allyship Look Like in the Volunteer Engagement Sector

Intent and impact are often inconsistent. Sometimes what you mean to say can actually harm or offend a person, reveal your biases (conscious or not) and perpetuate harmful stereotypes when this is not what you intended at all. During this panel discussion, you will hear from your volunteer engagement peers as they share their experiences of being on the receiving end of microaggressions and racism within the volunteer engagement community. This session is intended to shed light on these experiences with the hopes of creating compassion, disrupting patterns of thought and moving forward together for a stronger, more inclusive profession.

Moderator: Faiza Venzant
Panel: Tonya Draughn, Hope Lockett, Kia Xiong

Beyond Diversity and Inclusion: Building Anti-Racism within your Volunteerism Programming

In this session, participants will be introduced to to anti-racism and how it differs and extends beyond the practices of a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategy as it relates to volunteer engagement. You will be walked through understanding and identifying the inherent racial biases that may exist within your own institutions and potential actions you can take to uproot those practices from volunteer engagement mechanisms that support your programmatic operations. Finally, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss and explore how you can continue to be an advocate for communities of color in your volunteer engagement role.

Presenter: Jerome Tennille

View the full 2020 MAVA Conference November Schedule

Save the Dates! November 16-18, 2020

We hope you will join us!

MAVA Members

Early Bird 
(7/6/2020 – 8/31/2020)

(9/1/2020 – 11/10/2020)

(11/11/2020 – 11/18/2020)


Early Bird 
(7/6/2020 – 8/31/2020)

(9/1/2020 – 11/10/2020)

(11/11/2020 – 11/18/2020)

AmeriCorps Members

(9/1/2020 – 11/10/2020)

(11/11/2020 – 11/18/2020)

 3-Day Virtual Conference 









The first 70 to register will receive a FREE copy of

"Be Diversity Competent!" By Dr. Jermaine Davis